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April 1, 2001

2008-09 Season - 2000-01 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL REVIEW

2000-01 WBB REVIEW

 

INJURIES SLOW VICTORY COUNT; CHRISTINA RATHE,

BECKY INCE AND MELISSA DERYCKE SHARE MAJOR AWARDS

 

The raw numbers will show a final season record of 9-16 (5-9 in the CCIW) for the Augustana Vikings women's basketball team but that is hardly the whole story in the 2000-01 season. Second year head coach Lisa Robinson's team was beset with a myriad of injuries and ailments throughout the season.

 

Senior captain Cherie Peterson (St. Charles HS, St. Charles, IL) had trouble with a recurring back injury that kept the former second team all-conference performer out of five games. Christina Rathe (Lake Zurich HS, Barrington Hills, IL), Piper Mead (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove, IL) and Becky Ince (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, IL) combined to miss a total of 17 games. Ince, a starter as a freshman, was gone from the lineup the most with 12 games lost due to a broken foot.

 

With all that, the Vikings still managed to make progress in Robinson's second year at the helm. A brutal schedule early accounted for losses in five of the first six games. Robinson took her team to Decorah, Iowa to open the season at the Luther College Tournament and there the Vikings suffered close losses to Luther (46-39) and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (66-59). Both of those teams are traditionally strong basketball playing schools and regular participants in the NCAA Division III national tournament. Ince suffered her broken foot in the loss to Luther, forcing Robinson to scramble to find a replacement.

 

After starting the year 1-5, Augustana went 6-4 over the next 10 games before suffering another rash of injuries that provoked a six game losing streak. Finally at full strength as the season was nearing its end, the Vikings won two of the last three including a 73-65 win at Carthage on the last day of the regular season.

 

Rathe was selected as the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player and with good reason. She led the team in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game, the only player in double figures, and shot .492 (96-195) from the floor and .752 (103-137) from the free throw line. She also grabbed 3.9 rebounds per game and had 32 assists, 28 steals and three blocked shots.

 

Ince and Melissa DeRycke (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, IL), former high school teammates, shared the Most Valuable Defensive Player honor. For Ince, it was the second year in a row that she has shared the award as last year she was named co-winner with Rathe. Ince played in just 13 games due to her injury and had five starts. She had eight steals, 21 assists and averaged 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. DeRycke, who last year only played half the season due to a serious knee injury, played in 25 points with 22 starts in 2000-01. She averaged 9.5 points and led the team in rebounding at 6.5 per game. DeRycke led the team in field goal percentage at .557 (97-174) which is the fifth best mark in single season mark in Augustana history.

 

Krissy Nelson (Geneva HS, Geneva, IL) was tabbed as the winner of the Lady Viking award for spirit and dedication. Nelson played in 17 games with two starts and averaged 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds with four assists and nine steals.

 

Erica Honkala (Somonauk HS, Somonauk, IL) and Kendra Ryl (Buffalo Grove HS, Arlington Heights, IL) shared the Most Improved Player award. Honkala played in 25 games with two starts and averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Ryl saw action in 23 games and averaged 2.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. She led the team in blocked shots with 42.

 

The College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin coaches selected Rathe as a second team all-conference performer, the only Viking so honored.

 

 

2000-2001 AUGUSTANA VIKINGS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LETTERWINNERS

 

NAME

POS

HT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

Ivette Acosta**

F

5’9”

Sr

Rock Falls, IL  (Rock Falls)

Jasmine Daniels*

F

5’9”

Fr

Matteson, IL (Rich South)

Melissa DeRycke**

C

6’0”

So

Kewanee, IL (Wethersfield)

Erica Honkala*

C

6’2”

So

Somonauk, IL (Somonauk)

Rebecca Ince**

G

5’8”

So

Kewanee, IL (Wethersfield)

Brijan Knapp**

G

5’3”

So

Urbana, IL (Urbana)

Anne Kotleba*

F

6’0”

Fr

Geneva, IL (Geneva)

Piper Mead*

G

5’6”

Fr

Buffalo Grove, IL (Buffalo Grove)

Kristina Nelson**

G

5’8”

So

Geneva. IL (Geneva)

Cherie Peterson***

G

5’7”

Sr

St. Charles (St. Charles)

Amanda Quick

C

5’11”

Fr

Abingdon, IL (Abingdon)

Christina Rathe**

F

5’11”

So

Barrington, IL (Lake Zurich)

Kristin Romolo*

G

5’5”

Fr

Washington, IL (Washington Community)

Kendra Ryl*

C

6’1”

Fr

Arlington Heights, IL (Buffalo Grove)

Julia Selzer*

F

5’10”

Fr

Normal, IL (Bloomington Central Catholic)

 

AUGUSTANA 2000-01 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

MOST VALUABLE OFFENSIVE PLAYER - Christina Rathe

MOST VALUABLE DEFENSIVE PLAYER - Becky Ince & Melissa DeRycke

LADY VIKING - Kristina Nelson

MOST IMPROVED - Erica Honkala & Kendra Ryl

 

2000-01 CCIW FINAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

 

 

CCIW

 

OVERALL

 

TEAM

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

Millikin

13

1

929

23

3

.885

Wheaton

11

3

.786

20

5

.800

Illinois Wesleyan

11

3

.786

16

9

.640

North Park

6

8

.429

12

12

.500

North Central

6

8

.429

11

14

.440

Augustana

5

9

.357

9

16

.360

Carthage

4

10

.286

10

15

.400

Elmhurst

0

14

.000

2

22

.083